Taken for background music—for which it was apparently designed, Shutov being the name of a Russian artist who had trouble acquiring Eno albums in the Soviet era, leading the man himself to prepare this compilation—it’s sufficient. Overall it’s more spooky than soothing, whereas the tracks included on the bonus disc with the 2014 reissue, while apparently from the same era, are more in line with the discordant and jarring rhythmic tracks on Nerve Net, and could even pass for further Music For Films.
The music is very quiet, a low-end keyboard slowly wandering through what musical experts tell us is a modal scale. To these ears it’s just a minor key improvisation played by a piano in the same muted frequency as a bass guitar, with plenty of sustain. And just when you think it’s over, it starts up again. Like “Discreet Music” and “Thursday Afternoon”, the piece could be considered to be indefinite, though the technology for him to create something like that for people to consume on their own had yet to be invented. (Neroli’s own bonus disc in 2014 contained another single hour-long track. “New Space Music” further extends the Apollo connection, presenting a drone in a major key that’s frankly a lot more interesting than the main program.)